The 10 best and worst states for working mothers in 2022, according to a new report

Since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, women taking on work and childcare responsibilities have suffered adverse effects on their careers.

Recent research by the US Census Bureau, based on information from the Current population surveyfound that about 10 million American mothers living with school-aged children were not actively working in January 2021, an increase of 1.4 million from pre-pandemic levels.

As working mothers re-enter the workforce, there are places where they can better balance work and family life, according to WalletHub. last reportwhich ranks the best and worst states for working moms in 2022.

To compile the list, WalletHub, a personal finance website, compared 50 states and the District of Columbia on three key dimensions: childcare, career opportunities, and work-life balance.

Seventeen metrics were used, including childcare costs, gender pay gap and parental leave policy score, and the metrics were weighted differently. The overall score was calculated using weighted averages for all parameters in each state.

According to WalletHub’s report, here are the top 10 states for working moms:


Total score: 62.99

Child care rating: 4

Work-life balance ranking: 1


Total score: 62.95

Child care rating: 5

Work-life balance ranking: 5

3. Rhode Island

Total score: 61.99

Child care rating: 7

Work-life balance ranking: 2

4. Minnesota

Total score: 59.79

Childcare Rating: 1

Work-life balance ranking: 15


Total score: 57.57

Child care rating: 6

Work-life balance ranking: 10

6. District of Columbia

Total score: 57.35

Childcare Ranking: 11

Work-life balance ranking: 7

7. Vermont

Total score: 55.40

Child care rating: 9

Work-life balance ranking: 9

8. New Jersey

Total score: 55.26

Child care rating: 15

Work-life balance ranking: 8

9. New York

Total score: 53.53

Childcare Rating: 3

Work-life balance ranking: 13

10.New Hampshire

Total score: 52.19

Child care rating: 8

Work-life balance ranking: 34

WalletHub also identified the 10 worst states for working moms in its report: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Idaho, Nevada, West Virginia, Oklahoma, Georgia, and California.

According to David Rothwell, an associate professor at Oregon State University and an expert featured in the report, the top five indicators when evaluating the best states for working moms include “cost of daycare, accessibility to daycare , state policy on paid family leave, state policy on sick leave, and housing costs.

New York took first place for best child care systems while Connecticut took first place for lowest gender pay gap. The District of Columbia claimed a No. 1 spot for the highest ratio of female executives to male executives.

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